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Old 09-09-2007, 11:58 PM   #1
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Armstrong AC Shroud Painting?

I have a replacement ac shroud for my 76 Armstrong ac from Inland Rv. Could anyone tell me how they went about painting their ac shroud? Was there straight paint or primer and paint? What color and type of paint is the best to use? Any information is greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-10-2007, 06:20 AM   #2
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Is it raw foberglass, or is it already white?
If it hasn't been painted, scuff the surface, wipe it down with surface prep cleaner (auto parts store), and paint with a good satin paint, like Krylon Fusion white satin. Obviously you don't want gloss paint up there, it would look odd.
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Old 09-10-2007, 07:06 AM   #3
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I think the shroud for that year was thermal formed ABS plastic. You might look at the GE plastics Website. They now own and sell the largest amount of ABS plastic. Use only the recommended type of primer as most automotive paints solvents will destroy ABS.
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The replacement shroud we bought from Andy appears to have some kind of coating on it, so we painted it with a good quality enamel only. It's been several years since we painted, and it seems to be holding just fine.


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After a thorough cleaning, we used spray epoxy paint. It has been on for over a year and still looks great.

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I know the sroud Inland sells is Fiberglass, the original was plastic, and tends to disintegrate.
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... the original was plastic, and tends to disintegrate.
... In ultraviolet light (UV light)... Like what comes from the sun.

The original is ABS plastic, the same stuff a lot of plumbing is made from. Most plumbing never sees the sun, and hence, does not disintegrate.

Keep your plastic shroud painted to keep the sun from taking it's toll on it.

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... In ultraviolet light (UV light)... Like what comes from the sun.

The original is ABS plastic, the same stuff a lot of plumbing is made from. Most plumbing never sees the sun, and hence, does not disintegrate.

Keep your plastic shroud painted to keep the sun from taking it's toll on it.

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Tom.

Our AC shrouds are made with fiberglass, and then gel coated white.

Makes them very easy to paint.

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I have a replacement ac shroud for my 76 Armstrong ac from Inland Rv. Could anyone tell me how they went about painting their ac shroud? Was there straight paint or primer and paint? What color and type of paint is the best to use? Any information is greatly appreciated.
I also bought a shroud from InlandRV for my 1971 TadeWind. After ftting, trimming and drilling it, I took it back apart and farmed out the paint job to a One Day Paint and Body. I had mine painted a bright metallic silver, which made it somewhat less obtrusive to look at on top of a silver trailer. I left the aluminum banding in it's natural state, just cleaned it up with some alloy wheel cleaner. Here is what that looks like:
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AC Shroud

Uwe.

You have a 1971 Airstream, but you don't have a 71 AC.

The shroud you have is for a 1973 to 1975 Airstream AC.

Back then, many dealers ordered trailers with no AC and sold them that way.

Then perhaps in a year or two, that owner or a second owner would install a current model AC.

That was very common in the early 70's. It was very easy then to see, as an example, a 71 or 72 Airstream, with a 73 AC.

Just wanted others to know that a true 71 AC shroud, does not look like yours.

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Here is a 71-72 Armstrong a/c on an Argosy, but they are the same unit:
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My post that you quoted was on the original shroud

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Our AC shrouds are made with fiberglass, and then gel coated white.

Makes them very easy to paint.

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Okay.

So how does your non-original shroud do in direct sunlight without easy to apply paint?

I would suspect "well", but why make them quote, "easy to paint"?

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Okay.

So how does your non-original shroud do in direct sunlight without easy to apply paint?

I would suspect "well", but why make them quote, "easy to paint"?

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They are as "easy to paint" as the fender of a 1974 Corvette.
The mailman should be bringing one to me soon, I'll let y'all know for sure then.
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What am I missing?

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... I'll let y'all know for sure then.
Why are you painting it? Will it not arrive white-in-color?



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